Book Club: Sensing, Feeling & Action.

In this month’s Book Club meeting Holly Wallis is excited to discuss “Sensing, Feeling & Action: The Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering” by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

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This book had me at page 1. It is incredible. I have to say, I do love reading a compilation of different articles as it provides such a great exploration into how the author works and evolves over time. In this case, this book takes us on a journey through Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s body of work between 1980 and 1992. It explores thoroughly her method of Body-Mind Centering in such a beautiful way.

I find myself interested these days in reading about movement from the mind of a dancer. I don’t have a dance background, but it is fascinating how movement is explored from this perspective. The references to Laban-Bartennief and Bobath were a reminder of previous education that I had enjoyed, and revisiting those through this book now allows me to see these ideas differently.

My favorite article called “The training problems of the dancer” described an especially useful exploration of rotary force couples that I feel every movement teacher should learn. Incorporating this concept in new ways has been a fun and successful experiment with my clients and students.

If you haven’t read it, I highly suggest this book for your reference library. You will return to it again and again.

What did you think of this month’s selection? Please share your insights.

Until next time, keep reading!
Yours truly, ✍

Holly Wallis, Certified Movement & Rehabilitation Specialist, PMA®-CPT
Director of US Operations, Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement Institute
Studio Director, ReActive Movement, 6200 LaSalle Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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